What to Do if You are Charged with a Crime

If you are charged with a crime you have the right to legal representation, so the first thing to do is contact criminal lawyers who can work with you to get the best result. Remember you don’t have to answer any police questions without your lawyer present, except to give your name and address.

While a lawyer will advise you, you are the only one who can decide whether a plea of guilty or innocence should be given. Depending on what the offence was, you may be charged and released on bail. Otherwise, if not given bail you will have to remain in custody until the matter is settled.

If you plead guilty and are released on bail, you may be given the option to not appear in court. Your case can be heard without your presence and you’ll be notified by mail of the penalty. If you plead not guilty, the trial must go ahead and you will need to attend. You should always have a lawyer to represent you as they know the law and can speak on your behalf, saying things in your defence that you may not have thought of.

Successfully Arguing a Traffic Ticket

You don’t have to be a criminal lawyer to successfully dispute a traffic ticket.  You may need a brief trip to court to get a dismissal but that’s no reason to give up.  Below are some helpful tips based on interviews with real-world police officers.

  • It all starts with the traffic stop

Trained police officers are copious note takers.  Typically, each has a notebook where he/she jots down exactly what happens on every encounter with a citizen, from a casual enquiry to a felony traffic stop.  They use this information for everything from writing up official reports to reminding themselves what happened with a particular subject a month later when they encounter the same individual.

The important part for you is this: however you act during the traffic stop will be noted in the police officers notebook, and sometimes on the ticket itself.  That means if you are rude and belligerent during the stop the court may find out about it during your hearing.  The solution is to be polite, even if you don’t agree with the officer.  Nothing ever good will happen when you berate a police officer.